Movie Review

The Right Kind of Wrong : A Movie Review

I love romantic comedies. It’s pretty hard to find great romantic comedies in the cinemas nowadays. What we have in our cinemas are mostly action movies, sci-fi films, and the occasional horror flicks. Anyways, I was browsing through for some movies to watch and I came across this movie called THE RIGHT KIND OF WRONG. It’s an unfamiliar movie to me because I have never heard of it but I was intrigued to find out what the movie was all about after reading the synopsis.

The movie is about a falling-out writer who has troubles bouncing his life back into game when his wife left him to pursue her career in writing – mostly about him. She becomes instantly famous because of her writings about him while he gets stuck in the rut washing dishes. Anyhow, one day, two kids came to his lawn to play when suddenly, he saw the girl of his dreams, in a white, beautiful wedding gown, about to enter the church. Instantly falling for her, the man of the hour, Leo Palamino, enters the church to witness her marriage to a handsome, tall, athletic, rich lawyer, but, that didn’t stop him from pursuing her. Along the way, you’ll see Leo embarking on a journey of self-belief, falling down, getting beaten up by high school kids, and falling head over heels for Colette. Will he be able to charm Colette and make her his?

Ryan Kwanten as Leo the struggling writer.

Ryan Kwanten as Leo the struggling writer.

What’s great about the movie is it starts off with the introduction of Leo as this failure of a guy that you will either hate or love. Leo (played by Ryan Kwanten) is a failing writer who has managed to only publish one book and since then has not yet started writing anything again. Leo is the epitome of failure, but he is not a loser. He finds solace in his simple job, living alone with his cat, and even when things are in the dump, he manages to pull himself back up again. Even with all the bad press his ex-wife is giving him (through a successful blog and book entitled “WHY YOU SUCK” – totally dedicated for Leo), he has his own way of surviving. Ryan Kwanten isn’t the most popular actor in Hollywood, but he sure did play a very convincing part of a struggling (yet witty) writer/dish-washer.

Colette (played by Sarah Canning) is a free-spirit, hippie-ish kinda woman who runs a tour company where she takes tourists through the uncharted paths. You’ll instantly see that her husband (played by Ryan Mcpartlin) and her are from two different worlds. She’s this simple girl who loves nature and the easy life while he comes from a rich family. So from the get-go, you’ll be able to tell that Leo’s more her kinda guy, but of course, that’s why movies like this are called romantic.

The cinematography of the movie was absolutely spectacular. Think of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty beautiful. Some scenes and settings were so breathtakingly beautiful that it made the movie more exciting to be watched. Honestly, if I could pack my bags and leave, the setting of the movie is probably where I’d like to go to.

The movie is pretty direct. Guy falls for a married woman, tries to win her over, and spectacular things happen along the way. There’s one metaphor used repeatedly in the movie which Leo uses as an excuse or a sign to pursue Colette: The Ghost Bear (which exists by the way, but they go by a different name: Kermode bear). Leo uses the Ghost Bear’s sightings he has as a sign that impossible things can happen (as per in the movie, getting a married girl to fall in love with you and leave her perfect husband).

As weirdly as it sounds, I don’t pity Leo in anyway though. He maybe down on his luck when it comes to a writing career, but failed writers make the best stories. Some of the monologue he has with himself is really endearing and real – Leo is a real character. He’s impossible to understand, and he has issues that only he knows how to solve, but boy is he an inspiration. He’s the epitome of the “go-getter”, someone who isn’t afraid of standing up for himself, someone who does not know shame, nor failure. He lives in the moment and I like a part in a movie where he said he loves washing dishes because it needs no commitment.

The movie didn’t garner a lot of positive reviews, but I like it none-the-less. It’s sweet in a twisted kinda way and I guess I have to thank Leo for being a lovable prick of a loser for getting me through the movie. Yeah sure it’s not good to pursue a married person no matter how hot they are, but this movie is more than just about Leo’s need for Colette’s love, but it is a movie about Leo’s survival against the world – and how he – in his own ways – become a survivor. The movie has some really great lines like:

Colette: I'm married. Leo: We all have baggage.

Colette: I’m married.
Leo: We all have baggage.

“Writing a blog does not make you a writer.” (Ouch) 

“Beautiful things that seem impossible happen everyday.”

“We’re all wrong for someone.”

I especially like the last line.

 

Rating: 3.5/5.0

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Fashion

My Fashion Philosophy

I’ve been thinking about writing a post about fashion since forever but I don’t know what’s been keeping me away from writing about it. Maybe it’s the constant change of trends, or maybe it’s the not-so satisfying feeling of not being with the fashion “in-crowd” or maybe because I know for a fact that I’m not the most fashion forward guy there is on this planet; but I’m just gonna share my beliefs and philosophies – if I can call them that – about fashion.

1. Brands

Not something you want to do in real life - becoming a billboard for the brand you're wearing.

Not something you want to do in real life – becoming a billboard for the brand you’re wearing.

Brands are great. They make you popular if you own them – especially when you have the new items the brands have for sale. But here’s the thing that irks me about brands: People misuse them almost all the time.  The misuse of brands come in so many different ways:

a. People think that by donning themselves with branded items all over themselves, they’ll be super fashionable and super-in. 

b. People who own fake brands but believe with all their heart and soul that they’re original. Even if they’re of grade A standards, they’re still fake honey – like you.

c. Owning brands does not automatically make you better than others – PERIOD.

Saving up for a branded item is great once in awhile. Quality jeans like DKNY, CK and Levi’s are great if you buy the original because they will last for a millennium. Original perfumes always smell much better. In other words, original is always better. If you cannot afford originals, just get the counterfeits, or don’t get them at all. Get a substitute, or something that is close to it in terms of style. Branding is a powerful thing in the fashion industry, but you have to remember that not all brands will look great on you. Be selective, and be smart

 

2. Mixing and Matching

Some ideas for guys on how to amp-up their style with clothes that they may already have in their closet.

Some ideas for guys on how to amp-up their style with clothes that they may already have in their closet.

Here’s the fun bit about fashion. People can always tell what and who you are as a person by the way you dress. It really is as simple as that to be judged. Mixing and matching different types of clothing, different brands, and accessorizing really do help in bringing out your personality. Sure some people would go more miles than others when it comes to dressing up, but that’s the fun of mixing and matching. Putting on an array of styles to suit your needs and wants can be very beneficial for you. If it goes right, you’ll stand out. If it goes wrong, you’ll stand out too.

Mixing and matching is my favorite part when it comes to fashion because you can take a pair of ripped jeans from the 80’s, couple them with a pair of black sneakers, and a crew-neck t-shirt, a pair of leather jacket and you’re ready for rock and roll. It doesn’t matter which era your clothes come from or their brands, the most important thing is you mix and match them up to create a look that is you. 

You can always style the same things in different ways too! It helps you to be creative, and it also could potentially help you to save up some storage space for more new clothes.

Same denim jacket, different ways of styling it.

Same denim jacket, different ways of styling it.

 

3. Dressing for the Occasion

I’m gonna exclude themed parties because ya know, that’s a whole different type of occasion. But what I’m going to talk about is basically how we would somehow dress way beyond (or way below) necessary. Weddings in Malaysia for example; some guys would attend a wedding ceremony wearing slippers and jeans and t-shirt and that’s it. I mean this is.. c’mon. At least have the decency to wear a shirt and nice pair of khakis with shoes. It doesn’t matter if the wedding is at a kampung somewhere, dress appropriately. It’s like how girls would wear dresses meant for dinner parties to malls. That’s just wrong.

Dinner tux, date look, and working man style.

Dinner tux, date look, and working man style.

 Whatever the occasion is, make sure you have the appropriate attire to bring out the best you can offer. First impressions are always important, so make the wisest choice when putting on clothes to fit the environment you are in.

4. Comfort

Here’s what most people think: It doesn’t matter what I wear, as long as I am comfortable. Sure. You can be comfortable in your jammies at home, or you can be comfortable and still look fabulous. The trick is to find something that is great looking, but at the same time that provides you with comfort. You don’t have to torture yourself to look great all the time. Find something that makes you look good and feel good and people will definitely see your confidence shining on through.

No ladies. Don't wear this when you're going to the mall.

No ladies. Don’t wear this when you’re going to the mall.

5. Ready 

Some essential items of clothing for men.

Some essential items of clothing for men.

Always have shirts, dresses, shoes and accessories that are ready made for a special occasion like an interview, dinner or for a first date. Equip your wardrobe with essential pieces that will surely up your points in the style department. A lil LBD, or classic plain black or white crew-neck t-shirt, a pair of jeans, a nice pair sneakers – anything that’s essential, get them!

 

The LBD is something of a must-have for every woman of every shape, every size and every cultural background.

The LBD is something of a must-have for every woman of every shape, every size and every cultural background.

 

6. Be Effortless

Some people just try too hard to be fashionable and chic that it just totally destroys them. Be cool and relax when it comes to picking a style. Trying too hard to impress shows. Instead, pick something that you are familiar with, and try to accessorize your outfit with different accessories. Better yet, just know what works best for you and stick with the style. When you feel like you want to change your fashion-game a little bit, fuse the style you know with the style you want to emulate. The point here is to dress-to-kill without you having to look like a serial killer.

Look how effortlessly chic and fashionable Lana is with that white plunging-neck t-shirt and purple-bluey cardigan.

Look how effortlessly chic and fashionable Lana is with that white plunging-neck t-shirt and purple-bluey cardigan.

 

So the above are some of my philosophies when it comes to fashion. What I truly believe is that we are all individuals with different principles when it comes to dressing up. Living in Malaysia, getting along with trends is a HUGE thing. But I guess it happens to every where else in the world. I try not to follow those trends, but instead, I will try my best to make fashion a very personal thing for me – kinda like my very own project. So I shop at bundle stores most of the time because you get high quality shirts and even t-shirts and jeans, and shoes, for such a cheap price. I definitely have a style going on with me (my friends and family point that out) and I guess that’s what fashion is all about really – making things work for you instead of the other way around. 

 

 *All images are taken from Google*

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You Gotta Have Faith

Sometimes I look back at my life and wonder what God has in store for me. Lately, my job’s been stressing me out. My job is not normal. It’s not the 9-5 kinda job, and I do not have a specific scope of things for me to do for now. Everything’s chaotic and everything’s unstable. I hate the fact that it is unstable. 

Here’s the thing though:

About a year ago, I had this grand idea of opening a publishing company with my friends. I even told future employers at that time when I was being interviewed:

Interviewer: What do you see yourself doing in the next 5-10 years?

Me: I would like to open my own publishing house.

I kept going on and on about the idea but I didn’t really take it seriously because I had other goals to achieve first. Fast forward into the present and BAM! I’m working with my friends in a publishing company which is practically being run by us. Sounds like a dream come true for a 23 year old whose goal was to have his own publishing house; but that’s not the case here. Things are unstable and I don’t know if they’ll be stable in the next few months. A friend of mine seems to think that we WILL get to the stable plateau and finally get the publishing company up and running again. With such faith and drive, I couldn’t help but get infected by the motivation she has to make things work for every single one of us. 

It’s great to have a person such as her – one who has passion and motivation to succeed – to spearhead us into something that could be worth something in the future. It’s not like I am not as motivated nor passionate, it’s just that I am quite negative at the state we’re in. But with her around, things seem to be better. We’re moving forward every day and it’s great really. It’s not smooth sailing all the way I can tell you that. We had to move, and find a new place, we have to make executive decisions, we have to work like dogs for meager pay and for what? For an uncertain future – for something that has a 50-50 chance of either becoming successful or something that would fail.

I guess I should have as much faith as she does in the company because having faith is important especially when you’re dealing with something that is both demoralizing and tough. I should be working harder to make things work instead of becoming the individual who sinks everything into the ground. I should just try to hold on just a little bit more. This upcoming months will be the “make it or break it” moments. I’m holding on to that glimmer of hope in my head that keeps on chanting: “What if it works out?” and then another voice would echo a different scenario: “What if it doesn’t work out?”.

Honestly, both scenarios scare me. 

 

 

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Movie Review

Guardians of the Galaxy: A Movie Review

Hello there dusty blog!

I haven’t got the chance to watch anything new and inspiration has been depleting; hence the hiatus. However, I did manage to catch one of this late summer’s most anticipated movies, Guardians of the Galaxy. I will let this review be as brief as possible.

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Chris Pratt plays Peter Quill, a man who is now a space-pirate/thief who gets caught trying to steal a sphere which contains a monstrous energy source that could wipe-out entire planets. Gamora, played by Zoe Saldana, was instructed to go after Quill (who calls himself Star Lord) by the super evil and power hungry Roman (Lee Pace). However, Gamora has other plans. Rocket (a racoon voiced by Bradley Cooper) and Groot (a tree voiced by Vin Diesel) are an outlaw duo who wanted to catch Peter Quill because there was a bounty on his head. Needles to say, all three of them got caught and was sent to this intergalactic prison where they met Drax played by Dave Bautista who has his own issues against Roman. Together, the five formed an unlikely bond of friendship and became the Guardians of the Galaxy!

Told you it would be brief. Anyways,

I didn’t get what the hype was all about after the credits start rolling. I didn’t get the same satisfied feeling after watching X-Men: Days of Future Past, and even after watching The Avengers. Sure, the graphics were fine and all, and the fact that the movie somehow manages to stick to the comic look of the characters and its settings, but I feel like there was something lacking in the movie. Maybe it was how the characters were developed. I mean, the story moves on so fast that you didn’t get the emotional connection you’d usually develop when the back-story of a characters start revealing themselves. At the end of the movie, I was like, “Yeayy. So?”

Pratt played an o.k. Quill, but he wasn’t the movie’s ultimate memorable character. He had this punch lines that were supposed to be funny but they weren’t funny.He looked good and all, but there’s this thing missing in him that I couldn’t pin-point. Quill is annoying, but not that funny. So he’s annoying, annoying. However, a stand-out of the movie was a surprise. That award goes to Groot! Much like X-Men: Days of Future Past, it seems that the “sidekicks” of the movie are getting more buzz than the main hero. Quicksilver and Mystique definitely stole the show from Wolverine, Magneto and Professor X in X-Men:DoFP; and in this movie, it was the relationship between Rocket and Groot, and Groot’s overall “adorable” characteristics stole the show. Imagine Vin Diesel being adorable. (A disturbing image has just entered my mind).

Chris Pratt as Peter Quill a.k.a. Star Lord

Chris Pratt as Peter Quill a.k.a. Star Lord

Gamora by Zoe Saldana was almost bordering boring. She was one dimensional in this movie, although, I love this strong, independent, feminist vibe that she has. She also didn’t fall for the charms of Quill. I think her relationship with Quill will definitely blossom in upcoming movies. I love how the writers just give you hints on how their relationship will grow, and how far they can go.

Zoe Saldana as Gamora

Zoe Saldana as Gamora

Drax by Dave Bautista was surprisingly acceptable. I have this thing against wrestlers becoming actors, but Dave’s portrayal of Drax seems almost natural. It just seems like the character was made for him or something. At first I was like, “Oh no. A wrestler in a big budget Marvel movie. How’s that gonna turn out,” but it turned out fine. Bautista carried the character of a man who lost his entire family in a manner of grace and at some points, I kinda felt sorry for the guy – and was rooting for him to destroy Roman.

Dave Bautista as Drax

Dave Bautista as Drax

One of the things I love about the movie is how (when you think about it) the writers and director are probably trying to showcase the importance of protecting nature that we have on planet earth. Think about it: Groot represents the flora, and Rocket represents the Fauna. Without these two, Quill, Drax and Gamora wouldn’t have been able to escape prison, firepower and protection from explosions. The symbiotic relationship between Groot and Rocket symbolizes the importance of preserving nature on our planet. Groot and Rocket are not just representing “the odd two”, but rather they represent a more subtle message that I think sounds something like this:

“Protect Nature or You’re F*****”.

There’s one part where Rocket was like:

“You don’t know what it’s like to have people do things to you; to be pulled apart and be put together again!” this clearly indicates animal testing. Say no!

Rocket voiced by Bradley Cooper and Groot voiced by Vin Diesel

Rocket voiced by Bradley Cooper and Groot voiced by Vin Diesel

The other message that I love about this movie is that it shows you that you don’t have to be of certain archetype to be a superhero. You can be a racoon, or a tree bark, or a gargantuan alien with anger management issues, a green alien, and a thief, but you can be good and be heroes – and save the day. You can be a part of a dysfunctional team, but if you work together, miracles can happen! (I feel like I can apply this line to my current life too).

So is Guardians of the Galaxy worth your pocket money? If you love super hero movies, and you are a fan of Marvel, why not? However, be warned. It is not the BEST movie based on a Marvel comic but it definitely has its strong points (ehem Groot). A second installment will be underway and there are rumors saying that the Avengers will also come into play and that the powerful Adam Warlock will also be a part of the movie. Whatever it is though, I hope the second movie will be better than this first one. Hey, but it’s a great try for a team of obscure and not very popular heroes to make $300 million dollars so far!

May the lights shine upon the upcoming sequel.

May the lights shine upon the upcoming sequel.

Rating: 3.8/5.0 stars

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